What does a day in the life of a CEO really look like?
To help professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs understand what it takes to be a CEO, we asked small business founders and CEOs this question for a glimpse into their day-to-day lives. From days filled with creative problem-solving to continuously learning new skills, there are several CEOs whose schedules can help you optimize your own day for years to come.
Here are 9 CEOs who share a day of their life:
- Work for it 24/7
- Build strong relationships
- Present creative solutions
- Block your time
- Focus on growth and strategy
- Create a routine
- Maintain a work-life balance
- Take the time to learn new skills
- Do one thing at a time
Work for it 24/7
I consider myself to be a very dedicated and disciplined person. My day starts as soon as the sun rises, and I always start with a killer workout to help prepare my body and mind for the day. Like everyone else, the rest of the day is spent in my office alongside my co-workers, handling day-to-day operations, creating content for our social media channels, and coordinating with our suppliers. Unlike the typical employee, my weeks don’t end when my stopwatch hits 40 hours. Being a business owner is a full time role, 24/7. So if you want the title, you better be prepared to work for it!
Vanessa Molica, The eyelash professional
Build strong relationships
A CEO’s job or day is never over. Usually filled with endless meetings, a large portion of a CEO’s time is spent building relationships. Like our predictive grammar and text correction software, the more interactions we have as a business, the better able we are to understand and respond to the needs of our customers and partners. Likewise, the more you use our innovative Lightkey predictive text software, the more ability it has to detect complicated relationships through text. In this way, abstract and real relationships are essential to how we operate as a brand and as a business.
Guy Katabi, Light button
Present creative solutions
Running a fast growing small business requires creative problem solving. Listening, understanding problems and presenting solutions is the majority of my daily life. I listen a lot to potential clients, key external partners and leaders of our team. Every conversation has an unresolved issue that needs a solution to move forward. With potential customers, the solution is often the service we sell. But in other cases, it’s about making a decision based on our company’s core values and the information available so the team can move forward and do a good job.
Brett Farmiloé, Markers
Block your time
My day starts early with the kids leaving school and my trip to the office. Every morning, I introduce myself to a group of leaders to focus on high-level priorities. I have to block time on my schedule for everything: family time, administrative tasks, training and in-depth work time to make meaningful progress on important tasks. After the day’s work is over, I spend time with the family, coach my children’s soccer team, or take time to read and learn.
Rob Bellenfant, Technology Tips
Focus on growth and strategy
My team and I focused on growing the business and getting our product to different retailers. Since our founding in 2020, our business goal has been to invest in brand awareness amid the burgeoning competitive marketing in healthy alternatives to sodas. Our company brings the ancient Mexican drink tepache to the United States. Most of my days are spent working with the creative team on marketing strategies and presentations for our investors. I also regularly check our production facilities. I like working with a team in which I am able to be creative.
Danielle Calabrese, From La Calle
Create a routine
Being the CEO and founder of my own company kept me very busy during the pandemic. During the day, I market my blog posts and podcasts and create new content for my blog. I am also finding new commitments as a motivational speaker and continue to be an advocate for autism. Before starting work, I like to start my day on the right foot by exercising. While getting ready in the morning, I like to listen to AC / DC music to get in shape for the day. For lunch, I like Shakeology because it’s quick and easy and doesn’t leave a big mess to clean up. At the end of the day, I put some blocking tools in place to give myself that work-life balance, so I don’t always work. Everyone needs a break after work. Even though I love my job as a motivational speaker and autism advocate, I would be doing myself and everyone around me a disservice because it’s not healthy to work all the time 24 hours a day. / 24 and 7/7.
Jimmy Claire, CrazyFitnessGuy
Maintain a work-life balance
Although CEOs carry a lot of responsibility, it is important for us not to overwork ourselves and delegate responsibilities. The CEO should be as refreshed and alert as possible because he is the one who attends meetings with business contacts to represent the company. We engage in many conversations about growing the business and we need to make critical decisions on behalf of the business. In addition to this, we also manage the day-to-day operations of the business. The job has many different aspects, but it is especially rewarding if you are passionate about the business and leading it.
Ben Teicher, Healthy directions
Take the time to learn new skills
I will start at 5:00 am with a book reading. Before the pandemic, I used to go to work, but currently I prefer to put that hour into exercise and start my work at seven in the morning. My workday begins with reading emails and sorting them according to urgency. I follow up with a virtual meeting with various department heads to report on the work in progress in their departments. Also, I spend an extra half hour to be briefed on new projects. If there are any that start on the same day, I will have an appointment with the team that takes care of them. The remainder of the day will include attending virtual conferences, responding to emails and calls, and developing or approving / rejecting proposals. I am always looking to improve my proposal writing and negotiation skills. This practice has a dedicated hour for each every three days a week. My day ends as it started with reports from different departments. After that I check my emails again and then do some journaling.
Harriet Chan, CocoFinder
Do one thing at a time
I am fortunate to love what I do and that means I spend a lot of time on work related tasks. I get up extremely early in the morning because the early morning calm is conducive to reading and working. I also follow a schedule where I have blocks of time dedicated to specific tasks. And during this time, I focus on one task and nothing else. I spend my day making calls, thinking, reading, and tracking data for new ideas. I also do note-taking activities and network with people to keep learning new things.
Syed Balkhi, WPBeginner
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